it would be great to hear what everybody's top 5 mistakes are with their motorbikes. will be a chance to learn from others mistakes so i dont repeat them myself!! here are mine, they arent too bad because ive not been riding that long and not had a crash so far (touch wood), but here goes: - i overtightened the sump plug after doing an oil change once. in the end i had to get the mechanics to put a new helicoil in. the whole thing ended up costing me more than if i'd got them to do the service in the first place! - my one (and so far only) bike drop. happened when i was putting the bike on the centre stand and was a bit too casual. The bike just kinda fell away from me. the damage was hardly anything. but still, it was a new bike, and i was mortified. - target fixation when cornering on my L's. i remember getting utterly fixated by a MacDonalds bag on the road for some reason when doing a corner. the end result was i found heading off the road, but luckily managed to brake in time. - nearly went through on red once (again on my L's). there were 2 lanes coming to an intersection. i was in the right hand lane and there was a bus in front of me. even though the bus was in the right hand lane, he was actually turning left with a green filter light. he was in the right hand lane because he needed the extra room to make the turn. for some reason, because the bus was going through the lights in my right hand land, i was concentrating on the bus and kinda just assumed the lights were on green. i only realised they were red with only the green left filter on at the last moment and came to a heavy brake as the lights went green and the cars started to go the other way on the intersection. (i hope that all makes sense!) - trying to keep up with Trent or Goz.